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September 26, 2016
A message from the coach:
The long trip Friday to Siloam Springs ended like the game. Good at the first and long and hard at the end. Siloam kicked a field goal with 10 seconds left to beat us 24-21. It was a very disappointing loss and a game we could have and should have won. We didn't get it done in the fourth quarter and they did. It was a game of ups and downs.
We started the first quarter and came out fast. We went 60 yards in 7 plays to take a 7-0 lead. Austin Moody recovered a fumble on their 33 yard line and we took that and in 7 plays it was 14-0 at the end of the first quarter. They came back and had two long touchdown runs of 76 and 44 yards for touchdowns in the second quarter and it was tied at the half 14-14. R.J. Stieve recovered a fumble on their 34 yard line and we took 5 plays to go 46 yards to go back up by 21-14 in the third quarter. They then drove 54 yards, ending on a 29 yard run for a touchdown that tied it at 21-21. It stayed that way until they went 54 yards to kick the game winning field goal with 10 seconds left to go up 24-21. That is the way it ended. A hard fought game that I thought our kids never gave up and competed until the end, but none the less, we got beat in the fourth quarter. The fourth quarter and the last half of the third quarter, offensively we just went out of synch. We could not convert a third down and couldn't sustain a drive. Too many mistakes, missed blocks, and a lack of execution on key downs. Overall, we didn't have a turnover, but didn't execute when we had to in the fourth quarter. Very disappointing. Defensively, we played well with the exception of the three long touchdown runs. We got two turnovers on defense that led to two of our scores. But in the end, couldn't keep them out of field goal range and their field goal kicker converted. On both sides of the ball we did some things better than the week before. But bottom line, we could not get it done in the fourth quarter, which obviously is where it counts the most.
Defensively, Bryce Boatright (our player of the game) had 10 total tackles with two for a loss. Sam Boyd played his best game with five tackles, one for a loss and a QB Pressure. As I mentioned above, Austin Moody and RJ Stieve recovered fumbles. Offensively, McKinley Williams rushed for 158 yards on 29 carries and caught one pass for for 9 yards giving him a night of 167 total yards. Lucas Sellers played well at center. I thought overall our kicking game was sound. Shelby Graves continues to be very consistent with extra points making 3 of 3. Jacob Holloway made great strides on snapping for punts and was very consistent with his snaps. For the "most part," we played well and improved over the last game. However, our inability to convert in the fourth quarter and the three runs they had for touchdowns did us in in the end. We are not a very big team overall, nor a team with a lot of speed. Thus, we have to depend on playing hardnosed, great technique football. We didn't do that in the end. That will be our focus this week as we prepare for Homecoming versus a very, very good Russellville team that beat Benton last week 45-24. They are undefeated so far at 4-0. They are a complete team with big linemen and fast skill guys. We obviously will have to play our best game of the year to win.
Our High School JV goes to Watson Chapel tonight to play at 6. The 7th Grade plays Watson Chapel here at 5:30. Thursday night the 8th and 9th grade plays Watson Chapel at Chapel starting at 5:15. As always, a full week of ball! We look forward to a great crowd again on Homecoming and if we play up to our potential we will all have a Happy Homecoming.
Head Football Coach
Sheridan High School